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Torch Singer (1933)

Passed  |   |  Drama, Musical, Romance  |  8 September 1933 (USA)
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When she can't support her illegitimate child, an abandoned young woman puts her up for adoption and pursues a career as a torch singer.

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Sally Trent, aka Mimi Benton
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David Manners ...
Michael 'Mike' Gardner
Lyda Roberti ...
Dora Nichols
Baby LeRoy ...
Bobby, Dora's Baby at 1 Year (as Baby Le Roy)
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Andrew 'Juddy' Judson
Sam Godfrey ...
Harry, Radio Announcer
Florence Roberts ...
Mother Angelica
Virginia Hammond ...
Mrs. Julia Judson
Mildred Washington ...
Carrie, Mimi's Maid
Cora Sue Collins ...
Sally at 5 Years
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Miss Spaulding
Albert Conti ...
Carlotti
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Agatha Alden
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Storyline

Sally Trent has an illegitimate child, but cannot support her and gives the baby up for adoption. The father, Michael Gardner, leaves for China not knowing about the baby, and she assumes he has abandoned her for life. She gets a job as a torch singer, changes her name to Mimi Benton, and becomes notorious for her drinking and philadering. Mimi fills in on a children's radio program as the character "Aunt Jenny," singing and telling bedtime stories, and eventually uses the airtime to find her long lost daughter, part with her wild lifestyle, and reunite with Michael. Written by sarasdano

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The worst woman in New York...sang the best love songs! Lips that had kissed more men than she could remember ...crooned lullabies no one could forget!

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Drama | Musical | Romance

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8 September 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Broadway Singer  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Julia Judson: Well, it's too disgusting! To think of that disreputable woman talking every evening to America's dear little kiddies!
Andrew 'Juddy' Judson: Rats!
Mrs. Julia Judson: She's an evil influence invading a million decent homes!
Andrew 'Juddy' Judson: More rats!
Mrs. Julia Judson: How would you like to have such a creature in your home?
Andrew 'Juddy' Judson: I'd love nothing better!
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A great Claudette Colbert Pre-Code
17 July 2004 | by (Santiago de Chile.) – See all my reviews

This 1933 Paramount film, is a sophisticated and greatly acted drama, with the Depression as background and a powerful performance by the great comedienne and actress, Claudette Colbert, as a chic "fallen" woman. I'd even dare to say that this one pleased me even more than that other favorite 1934 tearjerker, "Imitation Of Life".

Awesome Miss Colbert's costumes, designed by the best Hollywood costume designer of all time, Travis Banton, to "showcase" her "conversion", when she turns into the successful "Torch" Singer-Mimi Benton-of the Title.

Great performance by latin-named, but European born, Ricardo Cortez, as Miss Colbert's lover and mentor and a good one too by David Manners, as the rich guy, who "unwantedly" & "unknowingly" disgraced Miss Colbert's life.

Nice acting by beautiful Mildred Washington, who plays Miss Colbert's maid, and "punchy" Lyda Roberti, who plays an earthy woman who befriends Colbert in the beginning of the film. Ethel Griffies, gives a good "nasty" performance, as Manners' stiff-upper-lip, aristocratic, embittered aunt.

Mention apart deserves Charley Grapewin as the mischievous sponsor of Miss Colbert's Radio Show. He delivers some great lines!

I won't add anything more about the plot of the movie, 'cos you oughta watch it for yourselves! A must see for Pre-Code and 1930's film lovers!


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